Winchester residents have been full of praise after our city was named one of the best places to live in England for 2024.

It was ranked alongside nearby towns of Alresford and Stockbridge on Muddy Stilettos. 

The women's lifestyle website creates a list of the 'best places to live' every year, and it has expanded its number of entrants from 250 to 260 on this occasion.

It draws upon its insight into the 28 most sought-after counties in England, guiding potential buyers to the local hot spots and up-and-coming areas.

But, do Winchester residents agree? The Chronicle headed out into the city centre to find out. 

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Genie Isaacs, aged 22, described Winchester as a perfect size for a city filled with culture and entertainment.

She said: "I like that it’s big enough that there’s stuff to do, but not too big that it feels overwhelming, like London.

"There are also lots of really nice green spaces."

Hampshire Chronicle: John and Tina with their dog RubyJohn and Tina with their dog Ruby (Image: Jessica Blissitt)

John and Tina Ryves, who were waiting at the bus stop with their dog Ruby, moved here a few years ago and were delighted about Winchetser’s ranking.

Tina said: "We’ve only lived here about three years, but we’re still finding places we haven’t seen! We absolutely love it here. Walks around the riverside are perfect for taking your dog."

John added: "It’s also got a fantastic bus service to take you anywhere you need to go. We rarely use the car these days."

Hampshire Chronicle: Bridges Mohan at his stall in the marketBridges Mohan at his stall in the market (Image: Jessica Blissitt)Bridge Mohan, who owns a stall at the market, said: “It’s a historical city, the first capital, which has been established with beautiful schools and colleges, so I’m very proud of that. “

“We’re also near Southampton, where you can travel worldwide, and many people coming to Southampton come through Winchester for the best views. It’s a rich town, with a rich heart in the people.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Adeola Wahab doesn't live in Winchester, but she likes the cityAdeola Wahab doesn't live in Winchester, but she likes the city (Image: Jessica Blissitt)

Adeola Wahab, although she was not a resident of Winchester herself, was happy to comment on its picturesque scenery and comforting environment. She said: “It’s a very peaceful place to be.”

Jack and Jan McKnight also agreed with Winchester’s ranking as one of the best places to live, after coming to Winchester for years.

Jan said: ‘We’re currently stopping over on our way to Southampton, but we used to come down for the Caravan Club site. It’s great for a mooch around and still a lovely town to visit.”

According to the Muddy Stilettos’ site, Winchester was praised for its picturesque scenery, colourful streets and historic attractions that have continued to draw in tourists for many years.